Percival River Garbage Cleanup

Event Details

July 27th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Percival River, PEI
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

#Trashtag! Roll up your sleeves in support of marine animal by cleaning up garbage and ocean plastics off the shores of our beautiful Percival River Nature Reserve!

Unfortunately, this nature reserve gathers garbage washed-up from the surrounding bay and Northumberland Strait. This is our second event to help rid the area of tires, plastic water bottles, buoys and other marine debris.

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About Percival River

Percival River, which feeds into Egmont Bay, provides Islanders with a view rarely seen on Prince Edward Island: forest all around you. Spared from major agricultural conversion due to low-lying, swampy territory, the forests and salt marshes around Percival River feature one of the best examples of natural connectivity remaining in the province, with a network of habitat corridors reaching all the way to the north shore of the Conway Narrows.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved 398 acres (161 hectares) of coastal salt marsh and black spruce forest in the Percival River area to date. These properties are located approximately 40 kilometres west of Summerside, PEI and feature habitats ranging from intact forests, to salt marshes, to freshwater wetlands.

What you will be doing

We will hike into the wetland and shoreline area of the property to collect garbage and marine debris. Along the way you will track and record the items you find to share with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. This data contributes to ocean conservation research across Canada and around the world!

Why you will love it

Feel good about making a difference for marine animals! Your efforts will reduce the risks that shoreline litter pose on wildlife, such as choking, ingestion, and entanglement. As part of the day, will also get to experience a rare sight in PEI - beautiful forested rivers and wetlands! Birders can get excited too, as we will have the chance to see migratory shorebirds and waterfowl that use the area.

Questions?

Contact Courtney: atlantic@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

We will be cleaning up some muddy areas along the riverside and shoreline, so make sure to wear waterproof or water-resistant shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting [very] dirty.

NCC will provide snacks and water, and will have gloves and garbage bags handy, though volunteers are welcome to bring their own equipment if they prefer.

The event will take place rain or shine, although it may be rescheduled in heavy rain or if conditions are unsafe for working outside. NCC staff will be in touch with volunteers as soon as possible if the event is to be postponed.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

This event is made possible thanks to funding from the PEI Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

Clothes
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Clothes you can get dirty
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Work gloves (if you have some)
Miscellaneous
  • Filled reusable water bottle
  • Lunch